New Delhi: The Supreme Court Friday pulled up
Rajasthan government for not taking action against its
officers who were allegedly involved in illegal sale of arms
and issuance of licences to dubious persons.
A Bench comprising Justices B Sudershan Reddy and S S
Nijjar sought an explanation from the state government why it
has not granted sanction to prosecute the officials, including
three of IAS cadre, for alleged involvement in the scam and
asked it to file within ten days a report on action it has
taken against them.
The court was hearing a PIL seeking a direction
against the government for not taking action against its
officers after the scam came to light in 2007 when authorities
in Rajasthan`s Ganganagar district noticed that several
licenses were issued to dubious persons, including terrorists,
smugglers and rowdy elements by local authorities without
Subsequent investigations by the government revealed a
larger racket in which several army officials, including some
holding the rank of major generals, IAS officers and those
belonging to Rajasthan State Service, were allegedly involved
in the sale of arms to dubious elements.
The government also placed some documents before the
bench informing about the action taken by the Army against its
officers whose names figured in the scam.